Are Salads the Low Fat Fast Food Solution?

Are the words low fat fast food ever accurate? It seems inconceivable that anything on a fast food menu could be nutritious or low fat. So are salads the only low fat food solutions you have for eating fast food?

The Truth About Fast Food Salads

Although salads look like the healthiest fast food option, looks can be deceiving–just because it’s salad doesn’t mean it’s rich in nutrients (or even that healthy). When choosing a healthy salad look for:

  • low fat and low calorie dressing choices that allow you to control the portion
  • protein choices that are not deep fried and loaded with fat and cholesterol
  • a rainbow of colors with vegetables and even fruits that are higher in nutrients than just iceberg lettuce
  • salads that don’t contain croutons, chips, or crackers

Low Fat Non-salad Options

Tired of salads, or are you looking for other options? Lot of fast food businesses are offering exciting twists on healthy options.

Subway offers a number of whole grain, high nutrient sandwiches that are low in calories. Burger King has a Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich that’s low in fat and a great veggie burger. Chick-a-Filet offers grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and even a tasty chicken soup that is low in fat and cholesterol. Smoothie King offers energy drinks and smoothies that are low in calories, fat, and sodium, yet high in protein and nutrients.

When looking for non-salad, healthy options keep these rules in mind:

  1. Choose only whole grain breads, pitas, or wraps for sandwiches.
  2. Opt for grilled, broiled, roasted, or charbroiled proteins instead of fried.
  3. Avoid sauces or condiments, or use very sparingly to control calories and sugar.
  4. Scrutinize the “lite” menu for chicken and turkey options that are lower in fat and cholestrol than beef, pork, and processed meats (like hot dogs).
  5. Load sandwiches/wraps with fresh vegetable options like peppers, olives, and tomatoes.

As we the consumer demand them, healthy options keep coming. So don’t be afraid to “customize” your fast food order to fit your healthier lifestyle!



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